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Ask the Experts Pearls Q&A
Ask the Experts Pearls Q&A
Q: What is the difference between saltwater and freshwater pearls?
Ask the Experts Needles Q&A
Ask the Experts Needles Q&A
Q: What needle should I use for my seed bead project?
Ask the Experts Tools Q&A
Ask the Experts Tools Q&A
Q: When I use my split ring pliers to open the ring and put a charm on, I seem to "ruin" the ring. It doesn't close back up properly, but remains separated from the center. Am I opening them incorrectly?
Ask the Experts Hot-Fix Crystals Q&A
Ask the Experts Hot-Fix Crystals Q&A
Q: Can garments which have been embellished with hot fix rhinestones be ironed safely? Or will the heat of the ironing cause them to un-adhere? I would be ironing at synthetic or silk settings, not at high.
Ask the Experts Crochet Q&A
Ask the Experts Crochet Q&A
Q: I would like to know what wire to use for bead crochet.
Ask the Experts Gemstones Q&A
Ask the Experts Gemstones Q&A
Q: I recently collected a lot of small stones and pebbles on the beach and want to wire wrap them and turn them into pendants. However, after the stones dried, they lost some of the appeal that made me pick them up in the first place. How can I treat the stones to give them the ''just out of the ocean'' look again? And I need this to be permanent and safe to wear. Thank you,
Ask the Experts Wire-Wrapping Q&A
Ask the Experts Wire-Wrapping Q&A
Q: Which precious metal wire forms the best, and does it hold its shape?
Ask the Experts Cord Coils Q&A
Ask the Experts Cord Coils Q&A
Q: How do you secure cord coils to rubber cord? The fit is pretty tight, but is there some way to secure it further? Thanks.
Ask the Experts Copper Q&A
Ask the Experts Copper Q&A
Q: I would like to start using pure copper beads and findings, but I'm not sure about whether or not they can be cleaned at all, and if so, how? What about copper plated items?
Ask the Experts Business Competition Q&A
Ask the Experts Business Competition Q&A
Q: A customer of mine told me that a competitor was bad-mouthing my business. We're in a small town, and I know the competitor. What should I do?
Ask the Experts Memory Wire Q&A
Ask the Experts Memory Wire Q&A
Q: How do you cut memory wire into individual loops for use with strand separators?
Ask the Experts Stringing Q&A
Ask the Experts Stringing Q&A
Q: Hi, I am new at jewelry-making. Do I have to use a beading needle with the Accu-Flex® wire? Will it speed up the process? Thanks!
Ask the Experts Cupchain Mesh Q&A
Ask the Experts Cupchain Mesh Q&A
Q: I'm curious about cup chain and cup-chain link mesh. Exactly what is it and how is it used? Thank you
Ask the Experts Business/Pricing Q&A
Ask the Experts Business/Pricing Q&A
Q: I am looking to sell my jewelry online. Do I need to get a business number if I only plan on selling $100 or $200 worth of jewelry each year, if I am lucky?
Ask the Experts Customers Q&A
Ask the Experts Customers Q&A
Q: I love doing shows! The problem I have is when there are several people standing at the booth. I'm afraid if I focus on one person, the others will leave because I am not paying attention to them. What do you recommend I do?
Ask the Experts Flat Back Q&A
Ask the Experts Flat Back Q&A
Q: I am going to add some crystals to wooden letters. What would be better, flat backs or hot fix, and what glue would I use? If hot fix is better, how do you use them? Thank you
Ask the Experts Lover's Knot Q&A
Ask the Experts Lover's Knot Q&A
Q: My great aunt used to tie her beaded necklaces into a lover's knot, but I have lost the instructions. Do you know how?
Ask the Experts Selling Q&A
Ask the Experts Selling Q&A
Q: I recently started selling jewelry. I've had a repeat customer that has bought my standard sized beaded bracelets. However, she now wants them re-sized to be smaller. Should I charge her a fee to do this? I don't want to lose money on my supplies to do this, but I don't want to lose a repeat customer.
Ask the Experts Pearl Knotting Q&A
Ask the Experts Pearl Knotting Q&A
Q: How do you know what size thread to use for a necklace strung with knots in between each bead? I have had experience with the beads slipping over the knots.
Ask the Experts Jewelry Cleaner Q&A
Ask the Experts Jewelry Cleaner Q&A
Q: How do you clean the black off around the holes of the beads ... this is from the wire rubbing with wear? Thanks.
Ask the Experts Findings/Earrings Q&A
Ask the Experts Findings/Earrings Q&A
Q: I have a faithful customer who wears clip-on earrings. What can I use to make them less painful for her? Is there something similar to the coating for tools that could be used?
Ask the Experts Gemstones/Druzy Q&A
Ask the Experts Gemstones/Druzy Q&A
Q: What on earth is druzy and what is druzy quartz and blue lace agate druzy? Merriam-Webster on-line does not recognize the word druzy.
Ask the Experts Designing Q&A
Ask the Experts Designing Q&A
Q: What should I use to clean up any excess Apoxie from my piece? Should the excess be removed before set and dry?
Ask the Experts Selling Q&A
Ask the Experts Selling Q&A
Q: Hello! I have a question about how to market my fine silver pendants: With the rising cost of precious metals I often find it difficult to sell my pendants for the price I want if I consider the chains that go with them. I really want to sell my pendants "as is" without a chain to keep costs down, but I feel if I do that it hinders sales since people want to wear the pieces right away or they don't have a chain of their own. Should I just charge more and supply a chain? Or should I keep my prices affordable and skip the chain? I was thinking about using a cord or something since it would be cheaper, but I'm afraid it won't mesh well with the more formal look of my pieces. Help?
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